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#AMillionDecisions Re-launched

#AMillionDecisions, a joint campaign by Health Education England and CILIP, the library and information association, was successfully re-launched at the NHS Confed 17 exhibition, June 2017.

Sarah Hennessy, Co-Chair of CILIP Health Libraries Group reflects on NHS Confed 2017:

“As part of the #AMillionDecisions planning team, I attended to promote the campaign and Library and Knowledge Services in general.

This was a fantastic opportunity to chat informally with senior NHS leaders about how utilising the expertise of library services could help them to make decisions based on research evidence.  I used a recently acquired skill in the art of high impact conversations, or ‘elevator pitches’, one of the many useful lessons from the HEE-CILIP Leadership Programme.

Some delegates did not know if they had access to a Library. Many more praised the service. Some expressed frustration at not having access to a service, especially once I’d mentioned some of the key benefits. Many went away enthused to make greater use of Library/Knowledge services.

We used name badge scanners; allowing people to quickly show support for the campaign and to capture contact details. Over seventy new contacts were made. These are being followed-up by HEE’s strategic library leads.

An added bonus was listening to my own NHS Trust Chief Executive, Rob Webster, host a panel discussion. A supporter of #AMillionDecisions, Rob is enabling us to reach a wider audience via his role as Lead of the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)”


Supporting #AMillionDecisions: Please keep using campaign materials to promote the value of your work in ensuring healthcare decisions are evidence based.

  • Use the #AMillionDecisions logo in e-mail signatures and posters
  • Update people about the campaign
  • Collect and share examples of the value you bring to your organisation
  • Tweet creatively using #AMillionDecisions
  • Reach out to NHS organisations who do not have access to a library/knowledge service. Work with your regional lead to shape services for these organisations
  • Feed back about how you are using #AMillionDecisions – via the blog or via your regional library lead.

Plans are now being finalised for a Breakfast meeting for senior staff from various NHS bodies in October.

Sarah Hennessy, Co-Chair of CILIP Health Libraries Group

Today is the day – A Million Decisions launch

A Million Decisions page banner
Clinical Librarian Victoria Treadway with Dr Girendra Sadera and medical colleagues at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Image copyright Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

30th January 2017 has arrived and we can look forward to an exciting day of launch activities.  Some essential actions for today:

Several people have asked about access to resources to support the campaign.  Links to the postcard and autosignature are now on the website for you to use and further resources will appear as the campaign unfolds.  You can request to receive a high resolution logo for producing your own printed materials from the press contact Cat Cooper cat.cooper@cilip.org.uk

NHS Library and Knowledge Services in England Policy

The NHS library and knowledge services in England Policy was approved by the Health  Education England Executive on the 29th November 2016. The policy sets out for the first time our approach to delivering on the key objective of enabling access to knowledge and evidence for healthcare decision makers.

The policy states that Health Education England is committed to:

  • Enabling all NHS workforce members to freely access library and knowledge services so that they can use the right knowledge and evidence to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement.
  • Developing NHS librarians and knowledge specialists to use their expertise to mobilise evidence obtained from research and organisational knowledge to underpin decision-making in the National Health Service in England
  • Developing NHS library and knowledge services into a coherent national service that is proactive and focussed on the knowledge needs of the NHS and its workforce

View the full policy statement here

To realise these aims, and to more strongly profile the positive impact of NHS librarians and knowledge specialists, the HEE Executive have wholeheartedly endorsed our joint campaign with CILIP, #AMillionDecisions. Under the Health and Social Care Act, 2012 there is a duty on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health to ensure “the use in the health service of evidence obtained from research”. This campaign will encourage key decision-makers in the health service to meet their obligation under the Act by utilising the expertise of health library and knowledge specialists.

Look for more information about #AMillionDecisions, due to launch in late January 2017. Updates will be published on both the HEE website and at www.cilip.org.uk/amilliondecisions   where further guidance will be available outlining how you can become actively involved.

2017 will be an exciting time for NHS library and knowledge services as we further progress the implementation of Knowledge for Healthcare and advocate for the expertise of the health library and knowledge workforce to be optimised.